March 24 ~† Wiser Than Oneself Dietrich on DVD

"I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself." ~ Marlene Dietrich

Marlene Dietrich

Glamorous movie legend Maria Magdalene Dietrich (1901-1992) was born in a small town outside Berlin. The cabaret singer and film star once said, "Itís the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter."

Although she made films in Germany in the 1920s, the actress claimed her career began in 1930 with her role as Lola-Lola in The Blue Angel. On screen she was a temptress with a low, sexy voice and one of the most beautiful faces in the world.

"A heavy body weighs down the spirit," said the alluring legend who refused Adolph Hitler's offer to work in Germany during World War II. She instead made over 500 personal appearances before Allied troops and received the U.S. Medal of Freedom, in 1947.

Dietrich made her last film in 1975 and retreated from the spotlight, living in Paris. She refused to be photographed, preferring the world to remember the beautiful image she had created.

"Love for the joy of loving, and not for the offerings of someone else's heart," she said.

There is always someone wiser.